Shotokan Karate rules - Dojo Etiquette :
and Respect are key elements in Karate training and conduct. How we
act is how others perceive us. Here are some general rules of conduct:
upon entering and leaving the Dojo. This should be accompanied by an
effort to change to a more serious and focused attitude. (The dojo is
any place we practice, even if it were an open field.)
- Treat the
Dojo with respect. Help other students, clean the floor or help tidy up
- Do not bring food, drinks, or items that might spill, into
the dojo. If you notice a mess, clean it up even if you did not make
- The main instructor (Black belt) is always addressed as "Sensei". The other helping teachers are addressed as "Sempai".
to the training schedule and try not to be late. However, if the delay
is due to circumstances beyond your control, do not join the class
until you have been asked to by your sensei, and make the Sensei aware
of the reason at the end of the class.
- If you are late and the
class has begun, stop at the door, kneel in the Seiza position, and
await acknowledgement from the Sensei or Sempai before joining the
- Similarly, if you have to leave the class early, advise
the Sensei before the class starts. Then, at a logical break in the
training, move to the door, standing with feet together, and await
Sensei?s acknowledgment before leaving.
- A similar procedure is used if one unexpectedly needs to leave the class (for illness, toilet, etc.)
the Sensei enters the dojo, the students should recognize her/him with
"Oss" and/or a Rei (bow). This is a sign of respect that your Sensei
- Give respect to all karate participants, whatever the grade or age. Bow to Dan grades in order of seniority.
- Always keep your training Gi clean and tidy.
- Never wear outside shoes in the dojo, always remove them before you come into the Dojo.
- Do not chew gum during class.
- Keep your finger and toe nails short to prevent injury to other participants. Hands should be clean.
- Do not wear jewellery in the dojo. If rings cannot be removed, they must be taped to prevent injury to others.
- Tie your hair back in class
- Keep your belt tied in class
- Only wear your club T shirt under your Gi.
- Only karate trousers should be worn with no other item underneath.
is customary for all visitors to allow the student to complete their
class with out interruption and they should leave the hall as soon as
the class is about to start.
- Remember that training is not only in the dojo. No unnecessary violence inside or outside the dojo.
class begins, line up quickly, with lower ranks to the left. Form a
straight line with the person on your right. Face front.
- There should be no idle talking during class. It is disrespectful, and distracting to the Sensei and other participants.
you are listening to Sensei making an explanation during training,
stand quietly and attentively, with the hands at the side or behind.
Never lean against the wall, or place hands on the hips. This shows
disrespect. Acknowledge the Sensei?s instructions with, Oss Sensei?.
- Make your maximum effort during class.
the Sempai/Sensei calls for "Mokuso" (meditation), close your eyes,
breathe deeply from the lower abdomen, and try to achieve concentration,
do not talk.
- You must have a Karate Licence and Insurance to train in karate please see your Sensei for full
Parents code of practise
encourage all parents to teach their child that honest effort is as
important as success. Turn disappointment into success by helping your
child to work towards skill improvement and to show sportsmanship /
respect to all.
We encourage parents to:
1. Be encouraging and supportive in regard to their child?s karate lessons, especially in the dojo area;
2. Respect officials and accept their decisions without question;
3. Support the sensei/instructor, and assistant instructors/helpers;
4. Become familiar with the way of karate-do; including never
entering the dojo (training area) without the permission of the
5. Comply with the rules, policies, and
procedures of the club, including those pertaining to commitment to
regular training and financial commitment;
6. Discuss their child?s status within the club at a time mutually agreed upon with the main Sensei .
Complete club rules are given in class:
please don't forget to refresh yourself with the rules that were given
to you when you joined and please remember class fees are non refundable
if you decided to take a holiday outside of Black Panther Karate's time
table (see Holiday dates) but please note we do not run strictly by school holidays due to club Grading lesson requirements. If you are ill for 2 weeks or more as long as
you bring in a note from your doctor we will move on your 2 weeks of lesson
fees pre paid.
We only accept Bank Transfer or cash payments only, we do not except cheques! We do not accept bank cards (yet).
note that all deposits and any fees paid are none refundable if you
change your mind (Including special long term discounted lesson fees) and you have 7 days to claim a partial refund minus Admin fees.
you have just joined as a member and you decide to leave the club or you move more than 15 miles away from any Black Panther Karate classes, you will have 7
days to let us know in writing to receive a partial
refund of your Joining package by cheque within 30 days but administration charges will be deducted.